Adjunct Instructor of Music
David Machavariani was born in 1962 in the Republic of Georgia. His official musical training started at the age of eight in a special music school for gifted children in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. David debuted at the age of 14 with the Georgian National Symphony, performing Haydn’s Concerto in C major. He continued his studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatory under the tutelage of Eldar Isakadze and Tamara Gabarashvili (both pupils of Mstislav Rostropovich) and earned his master’s degree with highest distinction. During these years, David played numerous recitals as a soloist and chamber musician and won first prize at the Transcaucasian chamber music competition. After graduation, he was part of the cello faculty of Surami (Georgia) from 1985–1988. At the same time, he was working on his postgraduate diploma at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and earned his degree with highest distinction in 1989. The same year, he was invited to become a part of the cello faculty at Central Music School for Gifted Children. From 1990 to 1992, David was part of the cello faculty at Tbilisi State Conservatory. Today many of his students are successful musicians in the U.S. and Germany.
In 1992, by invitation of Indiana University at South Bend, David came to the United States and earned his master’s degree and artist diploma. As a soloist, David has played many times with the Georgian National Symphony, Georgian Radio and TV Orchestra, IUSB Philharmonic, and Elkhart Symphony Orchestra. He has toured successfully in Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. He was a member of the Georgian Chamber Orchestra under Liana Isakadze, touring in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, West Germany, and Austria. He was principal cello in the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra and Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in St. Joseph, Mich. Currently he is an assistant principal in the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Columbia (Mo.) Festival Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, Machavariani began serving as an adjunct faculty member at Goshen College. From 2002–2004 he served in this capacity at Indiana University at South Bend. Since 2006, he has taught as adjunct instructor of music at Valparaiso University.
Machavariani has performed in very prestigious venues, such as Settimane Musicali di Stresa (Italy), Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo (Michigan), Oxford (England), at Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy), and Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (Portugal).